University of Wisconsin-Parkside
Emergency Evacuation Responsibilities
Building fire alarms will be used to initiate evacuations of
buildings in the event of fire, smoke, or hazardous material spill. Fire
alarms will not be used during a tornado warning.
Faculty and staff play a vital role in the success of an
emergency evacuation. An emergency evacuation cannot be successful without the
complete cooperation of all faculty and staff members.
Faculty and staff, as employees of UW-Parkside, have an
obligation to help evacuate students and guests. To accomplish this, faculty
and staff must be familiar with their evacuation routes before an alarm
is sounded. Consult Emergency Information Signs posted in university buildings
for evacuation routes.
It is important for instructors to advise their students on
the first day of class about evacuation procedures. Stress the importance of
evacuation, it can be the difference between life and death. Other staff
members should advise students and new employees of our evacuation procedures.
Fire Alarm Pull-Station
Knowing the location and operation of a fire alarm
pull-station is essential. Instantly sounding the alarm at the first sign of
fire, smoke or spilled chemicals is critical. Rapid initiation of an alarm may
mean the difference between life and death.
When an emergency evacuation is required, the fire alarm
must be sounded by activating a "pull-station." Alarm pull-stations
are most commonly found near exits and stairwells. Simple directions on its use
are written on the pull-station. Know where pull-stations are located in the
areas that you frequent on campus.
The person who activates a fire alarm pull-station should
call University Police from a safe location to report the nature of the
emergency. That person should also meet emergency responders outside the
building to inform them of the location of the emergency.
Upon hearing a fire alarm, faculty and staff must
immediately begin evacuating the affected building. Notify persons with
hearing impairments of the need to evacuate. Many things may have to be
completed simultaneously. The following actions must be taken by faculty and
staff during an evacuation.
- Remain Calm
Although the sounding of an alarm is stressful, remember to remain calm when
the evacuation starts. Panic is contagious during a disaster. The antidote for
panic is knowing what action to take and the confidence shown in providing
directions to others. Your calm appearance and clear directions to others will
help control the situation.
Stop what you are doing. Instructors must stop class immediately. Staff members
must cease working. Start the evacuation without hesitation. Do not call
University Police to see if it is "real." Always assume it is!
- Advise Students/Guests
Advise students to take personal property that is within their reach and will
not hamper the evacuation. Items such as jackets and books may be taken. Advise
them where to meet outside the building. Faculty take your class rosters with
you to account for your students.
- Shut Equipment Off
Quickly shut off hazardous equipment such as Bunsen burners and kilns in the
science and art departments. This does NOT apply to large appliances that are
normally left on such as refrigerators, computers, etc.
- Close Doors/Windows
Close all doors/windows as you leave. This will help contain the fire and
smoke. DO NOT lock doors. Locked doors will hamper the response of emergency
- Evacuate Students/Guests
Faculty/staff should immediately begin to evacuate students/guests through the
proper exits. The closest exit is the proper exit. Try to move with the flow of
pedestrian traffic. People going in opposite directions leads to confusion. If
an exit or stairway is becoming crowded, direct students/guests to the next
safest and closest exit.
Walk quickly and orderly to exit the building. Only persons
with disabilities may evacuate to another building. All others must evacuate to
the outside of the complex.
- Do Not Use Elevators
Do not allow anyone to use an elevator, not even persons with disabilities. Elevators
can stall or stop during an emergency situation and become a deadly trap for
- Persons With Disabilities
Assist persons with disabilities in exiting the building or move persons with
mobility impairments to "Safe Haven"* areas and notify emergency
responders of that person's location.
- Keep Your Distance
Evacuate at least 300 feet from the buildings. Faculty and staff must request
that students/guests maintain this distance.
Never enter, or allow anyone to enter, a building when an
alarm is sounding. Do not re-enter until emergency personnel announce that the
building is "all-clear."
* Contact the Safety Coordinator at extension 2262 for
more information on "Safe Haven" areas.